Mitt Romney claims he has an education plan, and he wants you to believe he really really cares a lot about low income folks and especially Latino voters. He talks a lot about how terrible it is that education seems lacking in the U.S., yet his ideas to concretely improve it are basically non-existent.
Romney unveiled his education plan to the Latino Coalition’s Annual Economic Summit in Washington. He said “America’s minority children suffer the most. This is the civil rights issue of our era.”
Romney wants to give parents a choice through vouchers of where they can send their children to school – either a private or public school. Yet Romney has no real nuts and bolts plan to give public schools more funds to improve infrastructure or to include important programs like art and music to have well-rounded students. His big idea to save education for minorities is to redirect basic necessary funds to local public school districts into voucher programs. It’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Romney wants Latino voters to believe he understands how important it is for their children to get a good education, yet when folks talk about the need to have smaller class sizes, he minimizes the issue and says its about having good teachers, not class sizes.
Romney says he believes in education, yet he hasn’t backed up his words with a plan for how he will do anything to concretely improve it. He is just shuffling existing funds around to bypass state governments and school districts.
When the smoke clears the mirrors show that Mitt Romney’s education plan is like a vampire, it has no reflection whatsoever.
Romney seems to have taken the idea of education being a civil rights issue from the Obama Administration’s Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan.
According to the Huffington Post, Arnie Duncan said in 2011:
“We need to educate our way to a better economy,” Duncan said several times a day, during speeches from Pittsburgh to Chicago. “Education is the civil rights issue of our time.”
Good education for everyone regardless of party, race or religion or socioeconomic background is a human and civil right. Acknowledging this is one thing, having a real honest to goodness workable plan that really does something about it is another issue.
Here are some concrete suggestions from the National Education Association on how we can really improve education.